NEW DELHI—The Government of India has strongly rejected the references to Kashmir issue in resolutions adopted at a meeting the council of foreign ministers (CFM) of 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), saying that the Pakistan-sponsored references were “factually incorrect, gratuitous and unwarranted”.
The OIC adopted the resolution on Kashmir at its two-day meeting of its CFM in Niger’s capital Niamey on November 27-28.
According to media reports, the Kashmir issue was not on the official agenda of the OIC’s foreign minister’s meeting. However, it was included at the conclusion of the OIC meeting at the instance of Pakistan which is one of OIC’s founding members.
“We strongly and categorically reject the factually incorrect, gratuitous and unwarranted references to India in resolutions adopted by the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) at the 47th CFM session in Niamey, Republic of Niger, held on November 27-28, 2020,” a statement issued by India’s External Affairs Ministry (EAM) said.
“We have always maintained that OIC has no locus standi in matters strictly internal to India, including that of union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inalienable part of India,” the statement said.
“It is regrettable that OIC continues to allow itself to be used by a certain country, which has an abominable record on religious tolerance, radicalism and persecution of minorities, to indulge in anti-India propaganda. We strongly advise the OIC to refrain from making such references in future,” the MEA statement added, in a reference to Pakistan.
“The OIC categorically rejected illegal and unilateral actions taken by India since 5 August 2019,” media reports quoted OIC resolution having said. The OIC resolution, according to media, also demanded that India “cancel the issuance of domicile certificates to non-Kashmiris” as well as other unilateral and illegal actions there.
The Niamey declaration, according to media, reiterated, “OIC’s principled position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute for a peaceful settlement in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions”.